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Butanding Festival 2012 Schedule of Events May 14-20

Sorsogon, Travel By May 1, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Here you go guys! The Final Schedule for the Biggest Festival ever! Join the fun this summer at the Butanding Festival 2012 happening in Donsol, Sorsogon! Spread the word and see you there!

Day 0 / May 13 / Sunday
4:30 AM Big Run Cross-Country Half Marathon
5:00 PM Opening Holy Mass

Day 1 / May 14 / Monday
7:00 AM Flag Ceremony
8:00 AM Motorcade and Opening Program
9:00 AM Agri-Trade Fair: Big Trades. Big Buys Opening (ongoing from May 11 to 20, 2012)
9:00 AM Big Shots Photo Contest Opening (Exhibit and registration ongoing from May 13 to 20, 2012)
1:00 PM Big Bites Culinary Fest Launch and Chefs’ Showdown
3:00 PM Mutya ng Donsol Talent Show
4:00 PM Big Bingo Bonanza
6:00 PM Pasaling Donsolanon Cultural Show
9:00 PM Butanding Bay Fun (featuring a Manila band)


Butanding Festival, Donsol, Sorsogon Accommodations

Sorsogon By April 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

I compiled a list of resorts, inns, guest houses and homestays available in Donsol, Sorsogon for those who are planning to go there on a little trip of their own or participating in the festivities of the Butanding Festival.

There are so many choices!


Contact: +639173813404 / +639196882264

Contact Nos.: 09095181150 /09176941687

furnished duplex cottages
Dancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon
c/o Mr. Jun-Jun Belmonte
0906-309-9372; 0920-2739-984,
Total No. of Rooms: 1 4
Accommodation Capacity: 48 pax
Fan/bath P800
Villas 3pax 1500PhP
Sunset Rooms 4pax 2000PhP


Discover Donsol – Destinations and Activities

Sorsogon By April 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Donsol – the “Whale shark Capital of the World” is located at the southern boundary of the Bicol Peninsula, east of the province of Sorsogon. This third class municipality is the home of magnificent wonders of nature. It takes pride in their abundant gifts of nature that fascinated tourists for more than 10 years. Some of the remarkable must-see attractions in this town is the Donsol River that serves as the venue for annual festival events such as the fluvial parade and year-long attractions like Firefly Watching. Moreover, Donsol’s beach coast has taken tourists captive for its beautiful scenery that is most beautiful during sunset. But aside from that, the lush woodlands of Donsol also make it a perfect place to go nature sight-seeing. One may not take time to appreciate the town proper that appears mundane and quiet but in it lies a rich and vibrant culture.

Province: Sorsogon
Region: V (Bicol)
District: 1st District
No. of Brgys: 51
Income Classification: 3rd Class Municipality
Telecommunicatiions: Smart, Sun and Globe
Local Festival: Butanding Festival
Population: 101,833,938

  • Dive with Manta Rays

Concurrent to the presence of the butanding are the manta rays, which also visit the waters of Donsol and nearby Ticao Island, Masbate at just about the same time. Divers frequent Ticao Island’s Manta Bowl Shoal and San Miguel Island for its several dive sites. The area is a known habitat of the manta ray—the world’s biggest rays. Divers can take an hour and a half boat ride from Donsol to Ticao Island to dive with the manta rays.

  • River Cruising and Firefly Watching at Donsol River

When the sun sets, Donsol River comes to life with the light of a thousand fireflies and the murmur of visitors on bancas out on a firefly watching tour. Each banca stops on a spot in the mangrove that line the river to get closer to the fireflies. Here, the fireflies flicker and twinkle, which is meant to attract their mate, while leaving visitors in awe. While you’re at it, look further up and trace the constellations in the sky above. The river cruise provides the best of both land and sky—an amazing symphony of stars and fireflies in a cool, dark night in Donsol.

  • Island Hop from Donsol to Ticao Island

From Donsol, go on an island hopping adventure towards Ticao Island. With a picnic basket and your snorkelling (or diving) gear ready, the boat will take you to Ticao to explore corals, caves and even a waterfall that flows directly to the sea. The ride takes about one and a half to two hours.



Butanding Festival May 14-20, 2012 Events

Sorsogon By April 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Butanding Festival is held every summer in the Municipality of Donsol in the Province of Sorsogon. It is held in honor of the gentle giants that are the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) and their annual return to the vicinity of Donsol. Contributing greatly to the development of the town’s economy and tourism, the whale shark’s peak attendance is  annually anticipated and greatly welcomed by the locals who are directly involved in looking out for the butanding’s well-being.

With the continual increase of sightings of the whale sharks, Butanding Festival would be celebrated more grandly to celebrate and compliment the population increase of the whale sharks. A week-long activity, Butanding Festival would feature all the anticipated festival trimmings of themed parades, street dancing, delicious delicacies, fun music, and much, much more.



Aimed to showcase the locality’s delicious native dishes, food lovers can dig in and indulge on the great number of grilled, stewed, boiled, braised, fried, and smoked food choices. From Bicol Express, laing, pinangat, and kinunot to pili preparations and more, the flavors of Bicol await local and foreign foodies. The week-long food fair offers Bicolano foods and delicacies for everyone to enjoy.


With the natural beauty of Donsol as a ready backdrop, captured moments throughout the festival will surely leave lasting impressions and good memories worth recalling and sharing with friends. Photographers across the region and the country are invited to take part in this competition and make a full creative use of their lenses as they capture the stories unknowingly told by people, the butanding, and the festival.


Butanding Festival 2012 – The First Donsol Off-Road Cross-Country Marathon

Sorsogon By April 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

Calling all runners!

1st Donsol Off-road Cross-Country Marathon

Join the celebration as we launch Donsol’s Butanding Festival 2012!

May 13, 2012
Assembly: Rizal Park
Marathon Route: Donsol Proper – Brgy. Tinanogan and Nearby Barangays
Categories: 21K | 5K | 3K
Gun Time:
21K – 5:30 AM
5K – 6:00 AM
3K – 6:30 AM

Champion- Php 8,000
1st Runner up – Php 5,500
2nd Runner up – Php 4,000

Champion – Php 2,000
1st Runner up – Php 1,500
2nd Runner up – Php 1,000

Champion – Php 1,500
1st Runner up – Php 1,000
2nd Runner up – Php 750


First 500 Registrants get FREE SINGLET
21K Reg. Fee- Php 500 with FREE SINGLET for the first 250 Registrants
5K Reg. Fee- Php 250 with FREE SINGLET for the first 150 Registrants
3K Reg. Fee- Php 200 with FREE SINGLET for the first 100 Registrants
*inclusive of race bibs and drinking water
*trophy awaits Champion, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up
Finisher’s Medal to the first 20 finisher for 21K

Registration Sites:

  • Donsol Municipal Hall, Brgy Awii
    Donsol, Sorsogon
  • Donsol Tourism Office
    Brgy. Dancalan,
    Donsol, Sorsogon
  • Fineapply Creative Communications
    Units 3 & 4 Calderon Bldg.,
    Brgy. Cruzada, Washington Drive,
    Legazpi City
  • LCC Mall, Legazpi
    Ground Floor
  • RES | TOE | RUN
    2F Embarcadero de Legazpi
    Port Area, Legazpi City

For more details, visit